Coronavirus: Unfair for NRL games to be taken away from Queensland - James


Gold Coast Titans captain Ryan James thinks it would be unfair for Queensland to be denied the chance to host NRL games over flu vaccine issues.

The NRL season is set to get back under way from May 28, having been suspended since the second round of fixtures in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, matters have been complicated by the Queensland's governments stance that players who refuse a flu vaccination on non-medical grounds cannot train and play in the state.

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A number of NRL stars do not wish to have the jab, with Titans duo Bryce Cartwright and Brian Kelly among them. The duo were stood down and told to inform the club of their final decision by Thursday.

The NRL is reportedly considering having all games played in New South Wales to avoid teams from losing certain players in Queensland.

Asked if that would be unfair, James said: "It probably would be. To have those players stood down and not have any games here would be taking it to another level.

"I don't think you would be able to take those games away from Queensland because you wouldn't get any home games and would have to travel.

"It definitely would hinder [the Titans] if we weren't able to play up here."

James has been in touch with Cartwright and Kelly but insisted the decision will be solely in their hands.

"It would be brave of them [to stick to their position]," James said.

"Not too many people are willing to fight for what they believe in."

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